Amundson Violin to be on Pioneer’s ‘Postcards’ program

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Sunday at 7 p.m,  Pioneer Public Television will air the fourth installment of the fifth season of Postcards -- a weekly regional art, culture and history program.  
The episode will feature stories about an internationally recognized contemporary artist living in Spicer, a highly regarded violin maker and repairer in Benson, an up and coming filmmaker in Montevideo and a state wide Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Morris.
The 30-minute episode will be repeated Monday, Jan. 6th at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7:00 p.m. The program will also be available for online viewing after January 5th through the station’s web site:  www.pioneer.org/postcards.
Brian David Downs is the subject of the first segment of the Postcards program.  Downs is a contemporary artist with national clients living in the small town of Spicer, MN (pop: 1,180).  

The second segment features Ken Amundson a «luthier» (maker of stringed instruments) who has made a name for himself in the region as a fine instrument builder and now has returned to set up shop in his home town of Benson.   Amundson shares stories about the famous musicians he has assisted over the years, but  believes that it’s the average person who walks through his door who makes his job meaningful. “There’s an awful lot of Benson that was here when I was 14 in 1959 that I still love very, very much, “ Amundson says.  “It’s the closeness of the community and how everybody knows you and respects you,” he continues. “I can say with a real good feeling in my heart, I have come home.”

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